Necklace Box #1: The first couple months

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Blog entry by superstretch posted 01-28-2011 06:15 PM 1443 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In September, I started coming up with ideas for my wife’s Christmas present. The short of it is—I haven’t finished it yet. Fortunately, it was a minor part of all that I was getting/making her, so she didn’t go without this Christmas.

Part of my problem is that I’m still a greenhorn and purpleheart is a jerk to work with. Tearout, checking, and pitting is something I’ve had to deal with non-stop. For the past two weeks, my shop (no heating) has been below 0.

You can see that I’ve engineered this myself. I started using Sketchup the moment it was released years ago, so I’m pretty in tune with it. I chose purpleheart for the construction and ended up putting a curly maple insert in the lid. I have all the (plexi)glass cut and installed except for one side.

Here I have the door/side frames dry fitted just to give an idea of how they look.

Here I have the right 2 sides done and the one on the left dry fitted. My plan was to use tongue+groove on this whole thing, but I doubt that it will stay rigid. I might need some glue blocks in the corners.

Finally, I got the base and middle edge joined.

Since then: Finished the lid, finished the back

Todo: cut the groove in the middle section for the box on top and the sides/back below, cut the groove in the bottom for the sides/back, Drill a hole through the middle piece to have an inverted lazy susan for spinning necklaces around, sand, assemble, finish.

Thanks for taking a look. As I look back, I can already see a hundred things I’d do differently—not use PH, not use tongue+groove, not build something on such a small scale with more precision than my patience allots..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 06:38 PM

Coming along nicely. If the tongue and groove joints are tight, I see nothing wrong with building it this way. It should be rigid enough….

-- Childress Woodworks

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 08:03 PM

you and I have the same basic Idea for a necklace box but I am using black walnut and no glass and I ma not dune with it .so we bouts fell bad for making the one we love wait makes me feel like a heal

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 12:22 AM

Looks very nice, I might borrow this design from you. Do you have/want to share the sketchup files?

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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